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The fun marches on

We’re gonna give you a mental break, a few moments to feel some lightness in defiance of the weight of the world right now. ​

For Buckeyes, especially at this time of year, the sounds of The Ohio State University Marching Band are the sounds of joy, the notes that bring smiles to our faces and memories to our conversations. We can’t bring you a rousing live rendition of “Buckeye Battle Cry,” but we can help you bring friends and family together for some good old-fashioned trivia wars.

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1. The drumline logo includes which motto?

  1. Heartbeat of the Buckeyes
  2. The beat goes on
  3. First on the grass
  4. Drum beat Xichigan

1. The drumline logo includes which motto?

  1. Heartbeat of the Buckeyes
  2. The beat goes on
  3. First on the grass
  4. Drum beat Xichigan
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2. When was the first band alumni reunion held?

  1. 1992
  2. 1966
  3. 1888
  4. 1908

2. When was the first band alumni reunion held?

  1. 1992
  2. 1966
  3. 1888
  4. 1908
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3. The music that accompanies Script Ohio is loosely associated with which French export?

  1. The path walked by prisoners from their cells to the guillotine during the French revolution
  2. A poem written in the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War
  3. The gavotte, a French folk dance
  4. A military tune that dates to the reign of Napoleon

3. The music that accompanies Script Ohio is loosely associated with which French export?

  1. The path walked by prisoners from their cells to the guillotine during the French revolution
  2. A poem written in the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War
  3. The gavotte, a French folk dance
  4. A military tune that dates to the reign of Napoleon
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4. What piece of technology has the band used in recent years to help design its popular halftime formations?

  1. There’s an app for that!
  2. A computer model created by two Ohio State engineering students
  3. The formations are built using only paper and pencil, based on a formula built in the 1950s.
  4. It’s a contemporary version of a computer program built by Professor Charles Csuri in the 1970s.

4. What piece of technology has the band used in recent years to help design its popular halftime formations?

  1. There’s an app for that!
  2. A computer model created by two Ohio State engineering students
  3. The formations are built using only paper and pencil, based on a formula built in the 1950s.
  4. It’s a contemporary version of a computer program built by Professor Charles Csuri in the 1970s.
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5. Which of these formations did the band perform during the Snow Bowl of 1950?

  1. A dinosaur
  2. A marriage proposal
  3. A bikini-clad woman
  4. A soaring football

5. Which of these formations did the band perform during the Snow Bowl of 1950?

  1. A dinosaur
  2. A marriage proposal
  3. A bikini-clad woman
  4. A soaring football
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6. What instrument must a band member play in order to be chosen to dot the “i” during the Script Ohio formation?

  1. Theremin
  2. Mellophone
  3. Sousaphone
  4. The E-flat cornet

6. What instrument must a band member play in order to be chosen to dot the “i” during the Script Ohio formation?

  1. Theremin
  2. Mellophone
  3. Sousaphone
  4. The E-flat cornet
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7. Which of these songs did the band perform in its 2018 debut in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

  1. “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”
  2. “New York, New York”
  3. “New York State of Mind”
  4. “Empire State of Mind”

7. Which of these songs did the band perform in its 2018 debut in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

  1. “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”
  2. “New York, New York”
  3. “New York State of Mind”
  4. “Empire State of Mind”
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8. Which balloon trailed directly behind the band in that parade lineup?

  1. A Paw Patrol dog
  2. The Goodyear blimp
  3. The Pink Floyd pig balloon
  4. Hello Kitty

8. Which balloon trailed directly behind the band in that parade lineup?

  1. A Paw Patrol dog
  2. The Goodyear blimp
  3. The Pink Floyd pig balloon
  4. Hello Kitty
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9. G. Edwin “Tubby” Essington, drum major from 1920 to 1922, is credited with being the first drum major to exhibit showmanship. Which of these stunts actually happened?

  1. He walked a leashed wolverine across the Diag in Ann Arbor.
  2. He marched a parade through the streets of Chicago after the Buckeyes defeated the University of Chicago.
  3. For a game against the University of Iowa, he replaced his baton with a corn stalk.
  4. He’s credited with leading students in a prank to light up Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning with scarlet bulbs.

9. G. Edwin “Tubby” Essington, drum major from 1920 to 1922, is credited with being the first drum major to exhibit showmanship. Which of these stunts actually happened?

  1. He walked a leashed wolverine across the Diag in Ann Arbor.
  2. He marched a parade through the streets of Chicago after the Buckeyes defeated the University of Chicago.
  3. For a game against the University of Iowa, he replaced his baton with a corn stalk.
  4. He’s credited with leading students in a prank to light up Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning with scarlet bulbs.
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10. What is the correct origin story of the term Skull Session?

  1. It evolved from slang to describe athletes using their brains during practice.
  2. The term evolved from rowing, in which oars are called sculls.
  3. A group of early Ohio State medical students is credited with originating the name.
  4. The term was coined in the 1920s at the peak of the Egypt Revival craze.

10. What is the correct origin story of the term Skull Session?

  1. It evolved from slang to describe athletes using their brains during practice.
  2. The term evolved from rowing, in which oars are called sculls.
  3. A group of early Ohio State medical students is credited with originating the name.
  4. The term was coined in the 1920s at the peak of the Egypt Revival craze.
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Support the band

Turn movie night into a boost for marching band members. Proceeds from the rental or purchase of the documentary “TBDBITL 141” go toward marching band student scholarships. The University Communications team of Joe Camoriano, director and producer; Chris Davey, executive producer; and Aaron Nestor and Chris Booker, associate producers, created the film. It follows the marching band through the 2018 season.

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Marching on

COVID-19 didn’t stop TBDBITL from playing — it just made members more creative. Visit the band’s YouTube channel to see members playing physically distanced renditions of “Buckeye Battle Cry,” “Carmen Ohio” and “Hang on Sloopy.”

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